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Notes for Robert Eyre and Joan de Padley

Robert Eyre of Padley, Hathersedge, third son of Nicholas Eyre of Hope, married Joan de Padley, daughter of Robert de Padley. [1]

Research Notes:

1459 Robert Eyre, younger brother to Nicholas died and was buried at Hathersage Church. The setting of the book Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte may have been influenced by Hathersage. [2] [Photocopy, Transactions of the Bronte Society Vol 1, part 4, (1895), 13.]

"Hathersage, in the hundred and deanery of High-Peak, lies about eight miles from Tides well, and about five from Stony-Middleton, where is a post-office. The parish contains the townships of Hathersage, Bamford, Outseats, and Nether-Padley; and the chapelries of Derwent and Stony-Middleton. The manor of Hathersage (Hereseige) was, at the time of taking the Domesday Survey, the property of Ralph Fitzhubert. In the reign of Henry III. it belonged to the family of De Hathersage, whose coheiresses brought it to Goushill and Longford. In the reign of Henry VI. this manor, or rather perhaps Goushill's moiety, belonged to the family of Thorp, with remainder to Robert Eyre, and his heirs. Sir Nicholas Longford died seised of the other moiety in 1481." [3]

"In the parish church are monuments of the family of Eyre: Robert Eyre, Esq.,.1459; Robert Eyre, of Offerton, Gent., 1493; Sir Arthur Eyre (no date), and his three wives— Margaret, daughter of Sir Robert Plumpton, Alice, daughter of Sir Thomas Coffin of Portledge, Devon, and Dorothy, daughter of Humphrey Okeover, Esq.: Anne, his sole surviving issue, married Sir Thomas Fitzherbert, son and heir of Sir Anthony Fitzherbert. Robert Eyre, eldest son of Robert Eyre, of High-low, ob. 1656." [4]

"in the chancel are several monuments of the family of Eyre, ancestors of the earls of Newburgh; on an altartomb, represented on brass plates, are effigies of Robert Eyre, who fought in the battle of Agincourt, and of his wife and fourteen children." [5]


[1] Joseph Hunter, ed. and John W Clay, Familiae Minorum Gentium, Vol. 2, Publications of the Harleian Society, Vol. 38 (London: 1895), 549, Eyre pedigree, MS 228, 229, [GoogleBooks], [InternetArchive].

[2] Transactions of the Brontë Society 1 (1895), 13, [GoogleBooks].

[3] Daniel Lysons and Samuel Lysons, Magna Britannia, Vol. 5, Derbyshire (London: 1817), 177, [GoogleBooks].

[4] Daniel Lysons and Samuel Lysons, Magna Britannia, Vol. 5, Derbyshire (London: 1817), 178, [GoogleBooks].

[5] Samuel Bagshaw, History, gazetteer and directory of Derbyshire (Sheffield: 1846), 504, [GoogleBooks].